This grand old house sits high on the hill with fine views over the Mawddach estuary. It stands in 21 acres of woodlands and gardens, with daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells running riot in spring and a walled garden that bursts with colour in summer. The hall dates to 1865 and was home to a Bolton cotton merchant. Inside you find an open fire in the half-panelled hall, views of the estuary from the morning room, then a stunning drawing room, where mullioned windows frame views of water, mountain, sky. There’s a tiny bar, a grand piano, sofas to sink into, country rugs on original wood floors. An airy restaurant opens onto a terrace, where you can eat in good weather, perhaps seared scallops, Welsh beef, apple tart and honey ice cream. Bedrooms have a homely country-house feel: comfy beds, warm colours, pretty fabrics, a wall of paper; some are huge, a couple have balconies. There’s lots to do: 13 miles of river to fish, mountain bike trails, zip wires and cave tours. Cadair Idris is close (and far less crowded than Snowdon), so scale it for stunning views. Starry skies on clear nights delight.